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Wedding Industry Mental Health and ADHD with Ryan James Mehigan, Musician and Artist “Ryan Static”

James Pearson
Hello this is Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and the impact that this has on mental health and well being, I’m James Pearson, I’m the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso. And as many of you will know, I’m well into my music, so I’m really, really excited today to be joined by Ryan, who goes by the artist name, Ryan Static. Ryan, how’s it going today my friend?

Ryan Mehigan
Beautiful man, beautiful.

James Pearson
So one of the things that really attracted me to your work Ryan was the fact that you are an ADHD advocate, having been diagnosed with a disorder in 2015. Is that correct?

Ryan Mehigan
Yes.

James Pearson
So, can we start right back at the beginning, and, are you okay to share with everybody a little bit about what it’s like living with ADHD?

Ryan Mehigan
Yes. So, I love it. It’s funny because I think people really don’t understand exactly what having ADHD is. And to be honest, it took me quite a few years to understand exactly how it affects your daily life. It’s always affected me like in my early days in school. Things like I was really overly sensitive and emotional. I was really impulsive in how I reacted, maybe overly dramatic. My short term memory was so, so bad, one or two things, and I’ve literally forgotten them in the next 40 seconds, because it’s literally that I can’t hold up information. I think a lot of time people just think okay, you have an attention deficit. But it’s more of a spectrum. When I discovered more things about it, it made more sense in a lot of scenarios in my life. I was diagnosed quite late as well, so a lot of things from when I was born, when I was a kid, has changed a lot. When I started discovering what it was, I knew it would be different.

James Pearson
So have you always felt a draw to the artistic side? The painting and the music? Is that something that’s always been a part of your life?

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